Archive for Thursday, September 14, 2006

Letters to the Editor

September 14, 2006

To the editor:

My letter is in reference to Sunday night open gym, which I have been fortunate to be a part of for the last nine years. Sunday open gym started 11 years ago when it was difficult to get six-to-eight people to participate. Every Sunday afternoon, I made calls to many of the high school boys reminding them of open gym and that we started 6 p.m. sharp. It was always nice when we would have 10 players so we could go full court.

Then some years later, a position was created ..."Open Gym Supervisor." It was always fun when people asked how this was possible. I let them know, the principal, Allen Poplin created a position and the open gym supervisor of USD 348 was formed. Open gym night grew and grew. We had kids from third grade all the way to 50 year olds. Last year, one night we had 70 participants We had Baldwin teams come practice, high school girls shoot, moms come with their kids and tons of others who wanted to be involved. There were fun and competitive games.

With new administration comes change. The face of Sunday night open gym will be different because the district has made some internal changes. I am hopeful, the new administration will continue to build on something many of the young people in our community have come to look forward to. There also comes a time when some things come to an end. I want to thank the district and especially Allen Poplin for trusting me and allowing me to start and be a part of a wonderful community program.

Due to some of the changes made by the district and new administration, I am stepping down as the USD 348 "open gym supervisor," effective immediately. Thank you to all who have participated over the years and have made Sunday night open gym a huge success. Blessings to all.

Mike Everett
Baldwin City

To the editor:

I would like to thank District Administrator Scott Schultz, board members and Phyllis Stone of Rural Water District No. 4 for the time and effort they expend in order to ensure we have adequate clean water. Also, a grateful thank you to Mark Crumbaker, Johnson County RWD No. 6, moderator, who gave generously of his time and expertise.

At a well-attended meeting last week at Vinland Elementary School, RWD No. 4 water users heard explanations of the many problems confronting not only this district but all water districts. Scott and the board gave us ample opportunity to express our concerns, opinions and suggestions for long-term water supply.

Future supply of potable water is a prime concern. Thanks to Scott and the board we turn on the faucet and expect clean water to come forth. This is not the experience of many places in the U.S.A. and is a worldwide problem.

Two more meetings are scheduled, Sept. 19 and 26, at 7 p.m. at Vinland school. All members are invited to participate and learn more about impending concerns. Our contract with Lawrence runs out in 2015. Now is the time to make decisions. Let's not shut the barn door after the horse is stolen.

June Jewett
Baldwin City

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